I’m delighted to welcome Louise Millar to the blog today for day 6 of The Hidden Girl blog tour. Today, Louise discusses her inspiration for her protagonist, Hannah. Read on for Louise’s thoughts and do enter the giveaway for a copy of this psychological read!
It’s Day Six of my blog tour, and today I’m delighted to be here on BookBoodle blog, talking about my new thriller, The Hidden Girl. Lindsay recently completed a law degree and enjoys legal thrillers, among other genres. At the centre of my story, is not a legal conflict, but a moral one, and that brings us to my protagonist, Hannah Riley, and my inspiration for her character.
Hannah is someone I’ve always wanted to write about.
When we meet her, she’s up a ladder painting cracks, trying to knock into shape the old house she’s bought with her husband Will. Suffolk. Social Services adoption workers are coming to assess their new home soon as fit for a child, and she’s fixated on presenting a ‘perfect family home’ to them, in a desperate hope of being matched.
Yet all is not well with Hannah. Years of wanting, and waiting for, a child have worn down her formidable spirit. As a charity press officer, she spent years taking journalists into politically volatile zones to publicise human rights abuses. Feeling time is running out, she’s become fixated on her own need to become a mother. She’s given up her career and forced Will to leave their lives in London for this rural idyll. Her obsession is damaging their relationship, and it’s becoming difficult to hide the cracks from Social Services.
So when Will is back working in London, and Hannah witnesses a crime close to her new house, the tension of her situation becomes almost unbearable. Something is unsafe about their new environment, yet if she tells Will or Social Services it could affect the adoption. As she withdraws further into herself, she starts to discover that the old house they have bought, is not all it seems. There are odd noises and sounds. The smell of petrol through a locked door. Intruders in the night. So when a local man called Dax comes to her rescue, Hannah’s guard is down, her instincts blurred. As the distance widens between her and Will, her sense of isolation grows. By the time she realizes what danger she’s really in, it’s too late – nobody believes Hannah any more, and Will is nowhere to be found.
Hannah is one of the most complex characters I’ve written. I felt her moral conflict all the way through the book, as she tries to do the right thing for herself, but also for others.
Thanks to Sam at Pan Macmillan I have a copy of Louise’s novel to giveaway
Enter here a Rafflecopter giveaway